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Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts

Baking these light raised pastries is a delicious alternative to frying.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1-1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk and shortening; stir for 1 minute. Add eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, nutmeg, salt and 2 cups flour; beat on low speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (do not knead). Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; roll out to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-3/4-in. doughnut cutter; place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 450° for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush with butter. In a shallow bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; roll warm doughnuts in mixture. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 190 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • monbon3212
    Jan 22, 2012

    Very easy, and yummy.

  • jeannap1
    Jan 22, 2011

    For Antoinette Edmonds, you can substitute 1 cup shortening for 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter. Hope this helped you.

  • AntoinetteEdmonds
    Jan 22, 2011

    When a recipe calls for 'shortening', does it really have to be Crisco Lard? Can an oil be substituted instead, and if so, how much,

  • NevadaRose
    Nov 30, 2009

    Tried these yesterday, and they were great. Not a real sweet bread, but the topping adds the sweetness kick they needed. Best the same day they are made. Will definitely keep as a good breakfast bread

  • telln
    May 6, 2009

    I had this recipe years ago and lost it! So glad to find it again.

  • lilandmike
    Mar 9, 2009

    I will be very interested in how your batch comes out! I am looking for good recipes that will be served as a -"coffee and" before a morning country music show

  • ctmom05
    Oct 8, 2008

    I have a batch of these going right now; I was very interested in making some kind of doughnut that did not have to be fried.I found that I needed to an more flour than recommended in the recipe to get a workable dough.At this moment my doughnuts are in the rising stage. I am really looking forward to sampling this treat and sharing it with my family!